Working Well With Others: A Panel on Joint Psychoanalytic Treatment with Other Modalities – CBT, DBT and EMDR

February 7, 2017
Panelists:  Brenda Berger, PhD, Robin Gibbs, PhD, Anna Schwartz, MD, Tiziano Colibazzi,  MD, Lisa Napolitano, PhD
Moderator: Michele Rosenberg, MD

Although they do not always talk about it, psychoanalysts often feel the need to draw upon other treatment techniques to augment their own analytic work. Sometimes they themselves do CBT or DBT with a patient for a period of time or they ask a specialist in those approaches or EMDR to work conjointly with them on a particular issue.  Such a recommendation made during the analysis will itself hold dynamic meaning that may be productively analyzed. This panel will present a few such examples of the amalgamated treatments and illustrate the kinds of symptoms successfully targeted by combining analysis with CBT, DBT and EMDR.  We hope to provide time for active audience participation and pose questions about the benefits and difficulties encountered in the business of trying to work well with other treatment approaches.

Brenda Berger, PhD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry).  She is on the teaching faculty of Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research where she established the Psychology Externship program and serves as its Director Emerita.

Robin Gibbs, PhD is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and the Regional Coordinator of EMDR for Westchester County.

Anna Schwartz MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and a faculty member at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is director of the Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program.

Lisa Napolitano, PhD is the Founder and Director of CBT/DBT Associates, a psychology practice group specializing in evidence-based treatments. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine.

Tiziano Colibazzi, MD is Assistant Professor in the Division of Translational Imaging in the  Department of Psychiatry of Columbia university and a member of the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He also serves as an instructor in the training program in Human Sexuality at NYU.

Michele Rosenberg, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. She is also a member of the faculty at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Learning Objectives: After the lecture the participant should be able to

  • Describe clinical indications for augmentation of psychoanalytic therapy with another therapy modality.
  • Manage transference and countertransference responses to the situation of con-joint treatment with another therapist, or alternating therapy modalities.